American Society of Landscape Architects-MN Legacy Project
(b) Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. (i) $2,250,000 in 2010 and $4,500,000 in 2011 are appropriated for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grants process. The Minnesota Historical Society shall administer these funds using established grants mechanisms, and with assistance from the advisory committee created herein.
A series of eight oral histories were collected from landscape architects. These interviews document the story of landscape design in 20th Century Minnesota. The participants were asked to reflect on what personal experiences influenced their professions and how Minnesota spaces have been enhanced by landscape architecture over the past century.
Each interview was video recorded and transcribed. The recordings are archived at the Northwest Architectural Archives at the Anderson Library at the University of Minnesota. A panel discussion, attended by 100+ alumni, was held in March of 2011 with four of the oral history subjects. A blog was created as on-going outreach for the project. Press releases about the project were sent to local and national media sources as well as to local and national ASLA chapters.